Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)

Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)



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About me

Whether you've had counselling before, or are considering it for the first time, finding the right therapist is really important; someone you feel comfortable talking to. Considering counselling is not done lightly, it can feel daunting, but it could be the start of a better future. The anonymity, confidentiality and non-judgemental nature of counselling make it a unique experience that everyone can benefit from.

Life is complex and at times we feel lost and unable to work things through on our own: perhaps events have taken you by surprise and left you confused; anxiety and depression may have settled into your life without you understanding how or why, or maybe there are events from the past that still trouble you.   Talking to friends and family can help but it's not always enough or appropriate - this is where seeking professional help for yourself comes in.

For most people counselling is life-enhancing, enlightening and empowering (it can even be fun!). It can offer you new ways to understand yourself and others. You are not alone, we are all subject to the 'human condition'.

The aims of counselling are to provide greater understanding and perspective on your problems; to understand your reactions and behaviours better; to develop personal insight and self awareness; to achieve greater self-acceptance and gain a sense of empowerment.   You can then work towards a more positive sense of who you are, what is important to you, the choices you have and the goals you want to achieve, thus enabling lasting change.

You will be listened to in confidence, with respect and empathy, and without being judged. Being an integrative counsellor means that I have studied a variety of psychological theories and approaches and we can use this knowledge to fit your individual personality and counselling needs.

I work in a friendly, down-to-earth way to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you so that you feel safe to talk about and explore whatever's going on for you.

I am an experienced counsellor with 9 years in private practice. You can choose to work longer term on persisting or deep rooted issues, or more briefly in a solution focussed way to help you to cope with life as it is - its up to you.

My background is in group training and an enduring interest in people led me into my counselling career. I am NHS trained, have worked with the homeless and was a counsellor at The Heart of Kent Hospice for 5 years. I have been in private practice for 9 years, offering counselling from my own peaceful garden room. 

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am on their Register of Therapists.

Feel free to contact me for further information without any obligation. Fees can be negotiated in cases of hardship so please ask.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered MBACP (Accredited)

This means I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and that I have completed the additional requirements/qualification with them to be an accredited member .

Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
NHS trained

5 years pre and post bereavement hospice work

Group training and therapeutic group work

1 year working with vulnerable adults in a homeless unit

9 years Private practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with a terminal diagnosis - for you, a member of your family or for a friend

Issues around being a carer

Pre-bereavement work - including the making of memory boxes for your loved ones


£40 per hour for one to one counselling

(negotiable in cases of hardship so please ask)

Free initial 20 minute consultation if requested

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I undertake to see you within a week of enquiry, if not sooner. Last appointment 6-7 pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme